April 2017

Dear Friends,

I begin with a description of the upcoming liturgies and events of Holy Week and Easter. Palms will be distributed at all three services on Palm Sunday, April 9. We begin the 11:00 a.m. service with a long procession; later in the service, there will be a dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel. There will also be special music and a silent recessional in darkness. Those in attendance receive palms to take home and keep until Ash Wednesday 2018.

On Maundy Thursday, the Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with the ceremonial “stripping of the altar” at the conclusion of the evening service.

On Good Friday, April 14, beginning at noon, there will be readings, music from choir members, and the traditional prayers, incorporated into the Good Friday Liturgy and communion. Also, because of the exceedingly good attendance at the first Stations of the Cross service on March 24, we will hold another Stations on Good Friday at 2:00 p.m. The church will remain open until 3:00 p.m. for prayer and meditation.

The Easter Eve Vigil and Eucharist this year will again be held in conjunction with our former Chapel, the Church of the Good Shepherd. Good Shepherd’s rector, the Rev. Erika Meyer will sing the Exsultet at the service, which will be at Incarnation and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

After the early service at 8:30 a.m., the principal service of Easter Day at 11:00 a.m. presents music and scripture to celebrate the resurrection life of Christ in which we all share. Childcare is available and, after the service, there is a Coffee Hour, an Easter Egg Hunt, and the Easter Brunch. These events are described in more detail below. There will also be a special reception following the 5:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion.

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Please post the enclosed flyer listing all the Holy Week and Easter services in your building or pass it along to friends. And if you know any neighborhood children who might enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt after the 11:00 a.m. service on Easter Day, please invite them.

Dr. Lewis will now discuss the music he is preparing for us.


It seems this winter will never end! But, as it always does, I’m sure it will be a distant memory soon. In hopes of warmer days and spring flowers, please see what we have planned for music at Incarnation this Easter season.

Palm Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.: Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David. PalmSunday procession hymns: “All glory, laud and honor” and “Ride on, ride on in majesty.” Victoria: O vos omnes

Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.: Eucharist with hymns and stripping of the altar. Christopher DeVage, soloist

Good Friday, April 14 at noon: Good Friday liturgy, with hymns and selections from Stabat Mater of Pergolesi. Anna Slate, soprano, Gòn Halevi, countertenor

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Canticles, hymns and music of Bach and Telemann. Jason Weisinger, tenor

Easter Day, April 16 at 11:00 a.m.: Music for strings, choir and organ. Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in C. Schubert: Mass in G. Choral music of Haydn, Mozart and Vaughan Williams. Widor: Toccata (from Symphonie V)

As always, making music at Incarnation is my great pleasure. I look forward to seeing you!

Matthew Lewis


This year, we are upgrading our traditional Easter Brunch to an Easter Luncheon. We will have a private room at Slattery’s Midtown Pub on East 36th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. The buffet menu includes a choice of tasty items, one drink, and dessert. You’ll also get a couple of Easter favors from the parish.

To make a reservation, send your check (adults: $30, children: $20) to the Parish Office or give it to me after church on Sunday. Family and friends are of course welcome, but you are urged to make advance reservations, as seating is limited.


Enclosed is a form for those who wish to make donations for Easter flowers or music, either in thanksgiving or in memory of loved ones. Please return the form and donation to the Parish Office as soon as possible so that we know how much money we can spend.


Children are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt after the April 16th 11:00 a.m.service; come to the Godly Play room. There will be baskets available, but your child is also welcome to bring his/her own. Children are also very welcome at our Parish Brunch on Easter Sunday.


***Laurie Mygatt, who organized a very pleasant Shrove Tuesday Supper and who also helped with the Stations of the Cross art exhibit opening.

***All who contributed to our drive for sheets, pillows and blankets for incoming residents at Moravian Open Door.

***All who volunteered for our March Senior Resource Day.

***Tory Nagle and Kim Rideout for leading the latest Christianity in the Workplace discussion about the acting industry.


Our next speaker in this series will be Dr. Kay Spencer Crabb. Kay is a long-time member of the parish who is a psychiatrist with a clinical practice treating adolescents and adults in Manhattan; she also consults at NYU Medical Center. She will speak after the coffee hour on Sunday, May 21.


We will meet from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., in the Parish Living Room on Monday, April 10. Drinks and snacks will be served. I will discuss the liturgies for Holy Week and how they have developed and changed over the centuries. I will also outline how our worship has changed here at Incarnation. All men are welcome to join us.

The Men’s Group is starting an informal program we are calling, “Spiritual Friends.” Each member of the group can choose to be paired with another member for conversation about their spiritual lives. If you’re interested, let me know.


Mission and Service

We have upcoming volunteer opportunities for youth and young adults with Incarnation community partner Moravian Open Door, a transitional housing facility for homeless adults. See below for details.

For the next several weeks, we will be collecting the following devices for the Episcopal Digital Ministry in Haiti: smartphones, iPad2s or higher, surfaces, tablets and laptops. This digital ministry is run by the Rev. Nathanael Saint-Pierre, a Haitian priest serving in our diocese, and benefits Episcopal clergy and laity in Haiti. You are welcome to donate new as well as used devices. If you donate a used device, please keep in mind:

  • Phones should be sim enabled and unlocked.
  • Devices should be donated with their charger / power supply.
  • Devices should be reset to factory default and removed from your list of devices so their ownership can be easily transferred.

Children and Families

There is something for everyone during Holy Week. All children are invited to help lead the Palm Sunday procession into the church at the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, April 9. If your child would like to participate, please gather at the back of the church at 10:45 a.m.

Our new Christian Parenting Group will meet Maundy Thursday, April 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. During Lent, we are discussing ways of teaching our children about God’s grace. Please be in touch with any questions about future meetings and join us as you are able. We meet every other Thursday.
Youth are invited to the Parish House for an evening of service, fellowship and formation on Good Friday, April 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We’ll stuff and hide Easter eggs for the children’s hunt on Easter Sunday, bake cookies and make sandwiches for Moravian Open Door, and then have a pizza dinner while we reflect on the story of Holy Week. Please let me know if your youth would like to participate.

Family Friday returns at the end of April. Parents and children of all ages are invited to the Parish House on Friday, April 28, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. for “The Gospel According to Pixar: Inside Out.” We’ll start with a pizza dinner and assembly of toiletry kits for the homeless. Then kids watch Inside Out while adults discuss the spiritual themes in the movie. Youth are welcome to watch the movie, join the discussion, or play ping pong and other games in the Assembly Hall. Contact me to RSVP. Cost is $10 per family.

Twenties and Thirties

On Saturday, April 29, the 20s/30s Group will be preparing breakfast and dining with the residents of Moravian Open Door. The menu includes yogurt parfaits with fruit and granola, pigs in a blanket, and baby quiches (the frozen kind from Trader Joe’s). In other words, little to no cooking skills required! We will meet at Moravian Open Door at 8:30 a.m. and wrap around 11:00 a.m. Please let me know if you can join us for all or part of this service opportunity.

Our second annual 20s/30s retreat will be Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21. We’re heading up to Connecticut to Incarnation Center for some restoration, spiritual formation, worship by the lake, and plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors. Cost is $135 per person, inclusive of transportation and three meals. We’ll drive up Saturdaymorning and back on Sunday after lunch. Please contact me with any questions and RSVP by May 1 so I can finalize the number of rooms with Incarnation Center.

Women’s Group

The next meeting of the Women’s Group will be Tuesday, April 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish House. We will discuss “Women in Ancient Christianity,” including the status of women in first century Judaism and the early church. We’ll look at some of the women in Jesus’ life as well as other women who contributed to the formation of Christianity in its earliest years. Refreshments will be served.

The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser


Our fourth meeting will be on Monday, April 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The assignment is Lindsey Davis’s The Silver Pigs, a mystery set in ancient Rome. All who have read all or part of the book are welcome to attend. Members of the Club often bring refreshments.


During Lent, the Sunday morning Bible study has been on hiatus in light of our “Hard Questions of the Christian Faith” series. Bible study resumes Sunday, April 30, when we will begin a three-part study of the Book of Revelation. Join us from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. to learn about this seminal apocalyptic text for the early church and what it has to say to us today.


On Legacy Sunday, March 12, we remembered in prayer some of the past benefactors of the Church of the Incarnation.

Incarnation wouldn’t be here had we not received generous bequests over the decades, and we will likely need additional gifts in the future. Among the members of the new Incarnation Legacy Society who are remembering Incarnation in their wills are: Jose Croll, Nomina Fay, Sheila Jordan, and Kathleen and Michael Linburn. If you would like further information on the Society, speak to our Treasurer, Mike Linburn or to me.


On March 5, William McClure died of a heart attack at the age of 81. William was a member of Incarnation for over 30 years; he served as a chalice bearer, master of ceremonies, and Clerk of the Vestry. His funeral will be held at Incarnation on April 4 at 4:00 p.m.

On March 26, Julie Ross Nash died, following a long series of illnesses. Julie was an active member of Incarnation for many years before moving to New Jersey. She remained in touch with our parish and always sent a Christmas donation.

May they rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.


The Vestry has decided to designate the offerings given in memory of our former Assistant Treasurer, Ann Tobin Churchill to fund scholarships for young campers at Incarnation Center. Ann was also an active member of the Center’s Board of Directors for many years.


Among the many clergy I met on my recent trip to London was the new Priest-in-Charge of our sister parish of St. Vedast in the City of London. Fr. Paul Kennedy will be officially licensed to officiate on May 8. I have assured the Warden Elizabeth Batchelor of our prayers for Fr. Kennedy as he begins his new ministry.


I am once again giving away books from my over-abundant library. You are welcome to take as many as you like as long as you accept that 1) some of the books are dusty; 2) some books have underlining; and 3) no returns are allowed!


New Supper and Brunch Groups will form this Spring. This is a great way to get to know other members of Incarnation. See our website for further details or speak to Adrian or me or to Jonathan Vaughan, Senior Warden.

Finally, if you would like to comment on your personal spiritual journey and how you ended up at Incarnation, we are always looking for additional testimonies for our web site.

On behalf of the entire staff, I want to wish a spiritually fruitful Holy Week and a joyous Easter to you and to those you love.


The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley

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